Barbara L. Morgan Manues Abernathy, 84, of Monticello passed away on Friday 14, 2017 at her home.

She was born August 26, 1932 in Attala Co., Kosciusko, Mississippi to the late Jessie Irby Morgan and Juanita Sweatt Morgan.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Harley Abernathy, Mrs. Abernathy was preceded in death by her sister, Earlene Jones and brothers, Paul Morgan, Clarence Morgan and Baby Morgan.

She was a loving, caring, dedicated child care provider for more than 50 years. Many children she helped raise have gone on to be professionals. She loved the Lord, Jesus Christ with all of her heart. She helped build the Pentecostal Church in Lake Village where she served the Lord for 35 years before continuing her faithful service at the United Pentecostal Church of Monticello. “She is loved by many” and will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Abernathy is survived by four daughters, Doris (Dottie) Manues Kellebrew and husband Glenn of Monticello, Carolyn A. Manues Hoerter and husband Robert of Milford, Pennsylvania, Weaida F. Abernathy Garrison and husband Danny of Monticello and Mary Ruth Mitchell of Petersburg, Tennessee; 13 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters, Erma L. Douglas of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ennis H. Morgan of Monticello, Lena P. Randle and husband Coleman of Monticello, Irby E. (Pee Wee) Morgan of Fresno, California, Jenell Sharp of Calera, Alabama and James W. Morgan and wife Susan of Monticello; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, a host of friends and her cherished church family, as well as her many “children” that she cared for and has become a part of her family.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 17 at 2 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Church with burial to follow at the Lake Village Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.

“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” –John 17:4

Special appreciation to Arkansas Hospice Nursing Staff for their loving care of our precious mother.